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Mission St. Pale Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-07-2004

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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 163
Photo of jooler
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of reminds me of Pacifico. Not that great

Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I think this is essentially a Trader Joe's brand so it is relatively economical. The aroma is very nice and very hoppy. The taste, however, is not very hoppy at all. This is not particularly a problem. The effect though is more of a watered-down taste instead of a nice mellow taste.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with ahalf finger white head with great retention and lacing. Light aroma of bready and biscuit malt with citrus and lightly piney hops. Looks and smells pretty good. Flavor follows aroma with biscuit malt, citrus hops with mild piney and grassy elements. Finishes with a hint of pine resin and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Decided to try the remaining Mission St. ales because of a rumored change in brewers for Trader Joes. Glad I tried this one. I expect good, but not notable ales from these inexpensive house beers, but this one is darn good for the price. If pale ales were a style I drank a lot, I'd have no hesitation to buying this regularly. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mission St. Pale Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, noticeable tiny white specs suspended throughout, and some small amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pale malt, mild citrus, and maybe a kiss of the hops. Taste is the same, with minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and Mission St. Pale Ale finishes mostly dry and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of FrozenJoe
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
One finger thick white head. Average retention. Good lacing. Yellowish golden body. Many small carbonation bubbles.

Smell
Piney citrusy hops. Very faint malt background.

Taste
This is a very well balanced ale. The hops are moderate in strength. They taste of pine and citrus. There is moderate bitterness to the hops. There is also a moderate floral character to them. This beer has a bready malt body that is somewhat sweet. Medium bodied malts to match the medium level of hopping. Drinkable yet flavorful. Excellent.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Hop bitterness and malt sweetness both linger on the palate.

Overall
This is a good beer. $5.99 for a six pack at Trader Joe's?! This is an awesome value. This is a solid, high quality brew. Great balance. Great taste.

Photo of scottfrie
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Review finally entered from notebook. Beer consumed/reviewed years ago:
On-tap at Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse under the name “Pete’s Midtown Pale”. FW partnered with Pete’s to serve the beers they made under their “Steinhaus” name, which is the name of the brewery they give for the contract brews they provide to Trader Joe’s.

Served with lunch in a damn iced pint glass.
A: The color is clear and deep golden beneath a finger of oily bright white head that faded to a thin collar leaving decent lace.
S: Light bready notes of crackery malt with a hint of citrus and earthy hops.
T: Follows the nose with crackery malt dominating. I get some caramel in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of herbal and leafy hops. Light bitterness with a touch of lemon zest. It’s also a bit old tasting (whether it is or not).
M: Medium-light body, low carbonation but tingly, with a drying finish and slick mouthfeel.
O: Not the greatest pale but it’s pretty straight forward and easy to drink.

Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Found at Trader Joe's.

Pours a mild golden hue with a frothy white head into my glass. Holds true to the style.

Hops are a cross between citrus and pine. At least to my nose. Has a note of buttery malt as well.

Clean with a good pine bite and bready finish. It could be dialed back but otherwise fits.

More on that bready finish, which is actually short-lived and bogged down by the hops.

Not bad for the style. Reasonably priced as most crafts go for over $6.99 a 6 pack.

Photo of kcrosson492
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is the 5th mystery beer in my Trader Joe's pack. I thought at first glass, it look aesthetically pleasing.

A-I'm drinking this one from the bottle so as usual, I will review the packaging. It is simple with no neck sticker. Quite frankly I think it could be unforgettable.

S-The smell is pleasant and has a typical pale ale scent.

T-Refreshing, crisp, and light.

M-A little empty but quite bubbly on the tongue.

O-The beer is okay and I think I would get it again. It would go great to sip while mowing the lawn or messing around outside.

Photo of jimmah120
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle only a couple months old.

Look is clear, pale, golden, with a small and sticky head. Smell goes kind of metallic for me: pear, oranges, alcohol. Taste is juicy and sweet, without any off flavors. Orange peel, thick malts, crisp and bready with a bitter finish.

Very good for a tj beer.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz stubby brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 100913 freshness date stamped on front of label. Purchased at Trader Joe's (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Clear honey-gold with 1-2 fingers of off-white, frothy head with decent retention and plentiful crusty lace around the top of the glass.

S: Aromas are decidedly hoppy with a great mix of fresh hop, dank with milder floral orange citrus character. Malts are also part of the aroma profile with a good bready, crackery aroma too. I don't detect any yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: The flavor is excellent, especially at the price point, with a flood of bready malt, light caramel sweetness, but delicious crackery character as well. The hoppiness is balancing with tea-like herbal character up front but more orange and grapefruit citrus and floral qualities as well. The hops character really blends well with the malt profile. No yeast or alcohol character present.

M: Light-bodied with medium carbonation and a super-dry finish. There is no astringency or negative qualities.

O: One of the most drinkable beers out there. Not as iconic as SNPA but just as drinkable and very buyable at $6.99. Gotta check the bottled on date but overall a wonderful balanced APA with low ABV and superb flavor and sessionability. A really good beer when you can find it within 3-4 months of bottled on date. I wish TJ was more respectful of the beer as far as storage of this beer -- would coolers be that tough?

Photo of SFNC
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A leftover from a family get together, I poured this with low expectations having had their IPA earlier and found it wanting.

Poured a hazy gold with small head left faded quickly. The smell is pleasant with a light citrus scent, a little grassy, simple but not too bad. The taste is a improvement on the smell, with the citrus being upfront and a nice, semi dry fade. Not very complex, but overall enjoyable.

I would say it's not a great beer hat I would seek out, but for the price it's a winner that I would not turn down. Way to go Trader Joes!

Photo of TheMarkE
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold, with a quickly disappearing head of foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Citrus and malt.

Taste: Malt and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Almost more of a hoppy pils. Coincidentally, this is produced by Firestone Walker (even though it’s billed as Steinhaus Brewing), who also makes Pivo Hoppy Pilsner. Don’t confuse the two. Still, this is a decent beer at a decent price. Thier IPA is really starting to grow on me.

Photo of tr9871
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pale ale. It is not world class by any means, but it is certainly drinkable. The flavors have been accurately described here, although I am detecting a bit more fruitiness than others I think, almost blueberry like in a way. It is smooth and tasty, and worth a try in my opinion. I
t is what it is, and is good because of what it is not. The bottle sums this beer up nicely, reading "Mission Street resides at the crossroads of quality and value." Accurate description and definitely a good pale ale.

Photo of kristenspaintings
1.67/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Unfortunately, this beer is not at all close to what I expected. I usually am pretty happy with the company’s product, but not this time. Starting off, it has a very odd color and smell for a Pale Ale. The aftertaste reminds me of soap, so much that I even tried some in a separate glass. To my dismay, the odd soapy flavor remained. And talk about hops!! Wow, way to bitter. Simple, pass on this one.

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: light straw golden color - very little lacing, minimal foam

S: A very light citrusy malt aroma - definitely not dry hopped

T: Malty, refreshing, crisp – almost like a Pilsner but definitely not a pale ale (at least not a west coast pale ale.) That being said it is a nice refreshing summer brew. The taste is good but not for a pale ale category. I know this is made by the same brewery as Firestone so maybe this is a less hoppy Pale 31? Malty upfront, dry finish so it’s no overly sweet.

M: Light to medium body, with decent carbonation

O: Tasty beer for $5.99 a sixer. If I had paid more for this then I would have been disappointed. It’s actually a nice brew to have after a heavier IPA

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with very little white head.

The smell is all about the citrus hops, grapfruit, lemon and some earthiness.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell, slightly hoppy with a malty backbone.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a cheap pale ale which is better than $1 a bottle would suggest. Very much on the light side, would be good to take tailgating.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A crystal clear yellow body with a thin white cap. A tiny layer of foam settles over the liquid with some clingy lace. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

The nose is of cereal graininess and a light floral and earthy hoppyness. Straightforward and simple....a little generic.

A mix of floral and earthy notes and sweet grains with building earthy bitterness in the finish. A touch of residual sweetness pokes through the noble hop bill.

Light bodied, clean, and crisp. Medium to high carbonation.

A pretty average pale ale that could almost pass as a pilsner. Easy drinking with a mild earthy bitterness that lingers for a decent while.

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Fresh cut grass and resin mingle with biscuity malt and a floral hop finish in the aroma.

Flavor adds a citrus element, with grapefruit and lime lingering throughout the profile. There's a bready malt component that is fairly nondescript. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side, keeping the experience light.

Overall, more citrus flavor than anticipated. It's a bit one-note, but not bad. Fairly sessionable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Solid golden with ample carbonation and decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Cedar and some lemon. A hint of pine as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very watery flavor. A hint of lemon hops, just barely... This really has nothing more than the consistency of water.

Overall Drinkability: Looks and smells nice, but flavor and consistency is extremely weak.

Photo of kojevergas
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heard the rumors this was a Firestone Walker brewed ale and the price was right. I'm not a big fan of Firestone Walker, but I do quite like their unfiltered DBA and the price was indeed right, so I picked this one up. My expectations are high. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Trader Joe's and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 4.6% ABV confirmed. Bottled 08/29/12.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention - though the ABV is rather low. Lacing is okay. Colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not all that vibrant. Meh. Pretty standard appearance for the style.

Sm: Surprisingly hoppy. Fresh evocative floral hops are notable. It does flirt with soapiness, though. Clean malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, clean malts, and barley. A hint of soap. Some crispness there. It's a bit stale, actually. The aroma was fresh but the flavour is not. Simple, even a bit bland. Not real well balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Too dry, actually. A bit too thick for the lack of flavour as well. Weird coarsenesst that never quite feels right. A touch overcarbonated.

Dr: Pedestrian. Priced alright. I won't get it again. If you're buying cheap from Trader Joe's, go with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. This stuff is just plain mediocre. But what did I expect? After all, it is Firestone Walker. It's drinkable but rather mundane indeed.

D+

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a white, fluffy head just over a finger thick. Decent retention. Leaves a nice, sticky lacing.

Smell - Mildly hoppy notes with floral and citrus character, very light pine note as well. Aroma also has a faint bready maltiness playing off in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild hop character upfront and throughout; floral and citrus notes play off each other nicely. Malts do well to give this brew a sweetness which provides nice balance, though any predominant character is hard to pinpoint... maybe a bit of bread as the finish nears. Just a minor touch of soapiness in the aftertaste I'm not fond of.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a fairly lively carbonation which tingles at the lips. Finishes clean and crisp. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Solid PA from Firesto.... er, "Mission St." I'm not usually too fond of pale ales that are similar in flavor profile (Stone PA comes to mind) but this one hits on the characters I like while the characters I don't like come across as more subdued. It's still not something I'm likely to buy, but I can appreciate the execution, and it's a great value beer from Trader Joe's.

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from Trader Joe's *secret* Steinhaus Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA.

I've heard good things about this beer, as I had about the IPA. 4.6 makes for a great session beer too. Bottled on 7/5/12.

A -- Clear, bright golden color with a frothy white head that holds up well.

S -- Big piny, herbal character up front. Mild fruit esters behind the piny hops.

T -- Herbal character mixed with citrus fruitiness and finishing with light graininess and mild biscuit malt sweetness. Some vague vegetal sourness in the finish, but not distracting -- fades with warming. Aftertaste of spicy hops and pleasing bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a medium light body.

O -- This reminds me of the sort of Pale Ale you would get at brew-pubs back in the early 90s. Not overbearing, allowing for more hops than the usual beer, but not assaulting your palate, with a light, graininess to counteract the hop character and bitterness. Worth a try for $7 a six pack.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some hints of orange when held up to the light and a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and citrus/floral hops.

T: There a light caramel malt body with some light amounts of sweetness along with a mild amount of non-lingering bitterness. There are flavors from the citrus/orange and floral hops

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a lightly dry finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - there is a pleasant amount of flavor in this beer while still being very sessionable. Much better than I expected, considering the price (and what 2 buck Chuck tastes like)... I would pick this beer up again, especially for a outdoor summer food gathering - paired well with BBQ style pork.

Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer may be brewed by a different brewery now, my bottle said it was brewed in Paso Robles CA, not Monrovia. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy golden straw color (much like a Pilsener, instead of a more typical "Ale" color) with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and no lacing.

The aroma had a good grainy malt scent, although a bit on the sweet side, and a solid dose of piney hops. The flavor was pretty similar, nice malts and lots of pine hops, that lingered on the back of the tongue.

The body was nice, crisp and clean, and not sticky at all. Drinkability is excellent, these guys go down smooth, clean and refreshingly easy. Overall, a pretty good beer on it's own, but when you consider the $6 a six pack price, it's a great value beer for those times you don't want think about your beer too much.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the conscious-minded consumer, this pick up of Mission St. Pale Ale at the local Trader Joe's delivers pleasant pale ale balances of hops to malt at a slightly lower cost than other retailers.

Pouring with a burnish golden honey color, the beer carries the haze that's classic of unfiltered and well hopped ales. The beer's carbonation releases a frothy head of whitish sheets. Solid lacing as random islands of lace adorn the glass- its appearance is what's asked of a pale ale.

Earth, malt and fruit swirl in the nose and captures a blend of American and British style pale ales. Firmly malted with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grain; the beer balances with hop notes of citrus pith, moist soil, and grassy/piney aromas. Added aromas of over ripened apples, pears, and apricots give a glimpse into the estery profile.

Flavors follow with a bready-sweet taste of barley malt with spicy snap of raw grain, maybe even rye. The forward taste of caramel and honey is short lived as the hops rise at mid palate to balance. Dried oranges, pithy grapefruit, fresh cut grass, mild pine, wood, and earthen ginger root provide a counterpart in flavor before turning slightly resinous bitter to finish. ...all reinforcing the notion of English pale ales as much as American varieties.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer sheds its early creaminess in favor of a dry lemon-mint finish that reminds me of sassafras. This dryness exposes elements of grassy, astringent, and wood-oriented bite that accompanies the hop bitterness with a touch of unsettlement.

All in all, the Mission St. pale ale satisfies the taste for pale ale, but does little to charm the palate with finesse, brightness, freshness, or premiere quality.

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Mission St. Pale Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.